Matthew Butt has experience of high-profile cases across chambers’ practice areas. He is independently recognised as a leading practitioner in crime, licensing, extradition and professional discipline by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK.
In the area of crime, his recent instructions have included allegations of murder, kidnap, rape and serious fraud. Butt has experience in regulatory crime and regularly acts for clients facing prosecution for breaches of trading standards, health and safety, BIS and licensing legislation.
He is also experienced in private prosecutions, advising and appearing for individuals and groups who wish to bring private criminal cases. Butt has defended and prosecuted a number of such cases, including advising members of Parliament and a former cabinet minister in relation to private prosecutions for alleged expenses fraud brought by individuals and pressure groups.
Butt has particular expertise in litigation concerning applications for and challenges to search warrants and production orders. He recently appeared in high-profile cases involving applications for production orders, including an application following serious disorder at the Syrian Embassy and investigations into corruption in Premier League football clubs.
He has also appeared in a number of significant inquests, is frequently instructed in cases involving the proceeds of crime and advises and appears for issuing judicial authorities, requesting governments and requested persons in extradition cases. He appears in the Magistrates Court and the High Court on appeal. He also advises and represents in mutual legal assistance cases.
Acting for licensees, applicants, residents’ groups, local councils and police forces, Butt is an expert in the field of liquor licensing and regularly appears in the Magistrates Court on statutory appeals and in the High Court and Court of Appeal on judicial review and appeals by way of case stated. He is also experienced in betting, gaming, taxi licensing, firearms licence applications and appeals and the regulation of the private security industry.
Butt is regularly instructed to represent police officers accused of gross misconduct before discipline boards and the police appeals tribunal.
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